Army leaders propose next steps in sexual assault prevention
April 1, 2010
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 1, 2010) -- Summit participants pitched their proposals on how to better implement the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program in Arlington, Va., Thursday, as the third annual SHARP summit came to a close.
After three days of hearing from subject-matter experts on sexual crimes and participating in working groups, attendees briefed the deputy chief of staff of the Army for personnel, G-1, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, on how to eradicate this crime from the force.
"What I ask you to do, is go and make a difference out there," Bostick told summit participants. "This is very, very important to the Army."
Summit contributors, which included a cross-section of Army officers and noncommissioned officers from throughout the country, suggested ideas including increasing strategic communication efforts and multi-media coverage on the topic, creating standardized scenario-based mandatory training, a 'standards of conduct' contract for Soldiers to sign, creating an 'I. A.M. Strong' video game, and an 'I. A.M. Strong' cadence competition.
These suggestions and others will be presented to the chief of staff of the Army for further consideration, and the summit presentations will be posted on the Army Knowledge Online knowledge center.
Bostick encouraged those who attended the conference to use what they'd learned to educate others. He also said that every Soldier and Army civilian has ownership of sexual assault prevention.
"The real measure of success is what you do afterward," Bostick said at the conclusion of the summit. "We're expecting you to lead."